Get outside and live a little.
The desire to extend the home into the great outdoors has been growing for years and doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time in the near future. According to Canadian Home Trends Magazine, 48 per cent of home renovations planned by its readers are focused on the patio, deck or outdoor space.
Thanks to weather-resistant furniture, appliances and fabrics, along with more fire pit, planting and lighting options than homeowners can keep track of, it’s easy to take your daily living outdoors, comfortably.
It’s now possible to cook a full meal outdoors and remain outdoors to enjoy it. High-end barbecues now include multiple grilling and cooking surfaces along with warming drawers and added storage. Bar fridges are a common sight in the outdoor kitchen, as well as full counters with sinks and cabinetry. There’s no need to set foot inside all day. There are tons of great ideas out there.
The outdoor living room has also taken on a life all its own with complete furniture sets, outdoor televisions and custom lighting. Long gone are the days of plastic stacking chairs and citronella candles. Outdoor living has gone posh and can incorporate all the comforts of indoor living with the added benefit of fresh air. Check out options for your outdoor space at www.outdoorlivingideas.com.
And besides the benefits of expanding your living space and having somewhere to enjoy the nice weather, spending time in a natural setting also improves brain function, restoring your ability to exercise directed attention and working memory.
While dining alfresco and lounging on the outdoor couch, you’ll also be avoiding unnecessary exposure to indoor pollutants and getting that essential dose of vitamin D on a regular basis. Spending time in the sun and raising your vitamin D levels can help prevent cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases and diabetes.
And let’s not forget the social benefits. A patio table, bonfire or hot tub beg for the company of friends. With such a wonderful space in the great outdoors, why not share a laugh with friends and family? A good laugh is some of the best exercise you can get.